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Aurelie Vialette

Aurelie Vialette

Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Humanities Building 1141.

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I specialize in 19th-century Iberian cultural studies (popular music, journalistic discourse, archival studies, and mass and working class organizations). I conduct my research in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician, and I include these languages in the classroom as well, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

In my first book, Intellectual Philanthropy: the Seduction of the Masses (Purdue University Press, 2018), I focus on the cultural production that responds to the workers’ educational and social phenomena, such as poverty, the rise of revolutionary movements, and the integration of masses of workers into the cultural, political, and social concert in 19th-century Iberia (Catalonia, Basque Country, Asturias, Galicia).

My second book project is titled “Disposable Bodies: Penitentiary Colonization and the Failed Rebirth of the Spanish Empire” explores primary sources about the carceral system that unveil crucial contemporary issues regarding criminality, imprisonment, and mass incarceration. The proposals to reform the penitentiary system in the nineteenth-century included issues that our civil society is constantly examining: the prisoners’ labor, their education in prison, juvenile crime, or questions that are similar to the “broken windows policy.” Architecture, the use of prison buildings, and the modes of life of prisoners, were also discussed –questions that resonate deeply with the issue of mass incarceration. I explore the human aspect of banishment implied in penal colonization, and examine and historicize the carceral archipelago as a space of exception.

I also have a strong interest in Digital Humanities and am working on a project that explores the musical archives I have included in my book. The project, built with Omeka and Neatline, will be available soon at

Finally, I am also interested and have published on the journalistic networks by women writers between Mexico and Spain in the second half of the nineteenth-century.

Research interests
  • Masses and mass organizations
  • Iberian Studies
  • Modernity and the arts
  • Intellectuals and society in the Hispanic world
  • Cultural discourses in Spain
  • Music and politics
  • “Folletines” and “novelas por entregas”
  • Catalan studies
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Nineteenth-century Mexico
  • Women’s studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Carceral reform
Courses taught at Stony Brook

“Fluid Borders – Iberian Nations” (Undergraduate)
“Art and Resistance in Times of Uprising (1868-2012)” (Graduate Seminar)
“Nationalisms in Spain: Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia” (Humanities –in English)
“Civilization of Spain” (Undergraduate)
“The Nation and its Spaniards Discontents” (MA Seminar)
“Politics of Crime: the Carcelar System in the Iberian Peninsula”(Undergraduate)


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